Six Pac-12 Athletes on Golden Spikes Preseason Watch List
SAN FRANCISCO - Six Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the 2016 Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, USA Baseball announced today. 19 different collegiate athletic conferences from NCAA and the NAIA are represented on the 2016 preseason watch list, the Pac-12 is third with its six representatives. Sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, the 39th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 30 in Los Angeles.
The preseason watch list features 50 of the nation's top amateur players, from high school and college baseball. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award throughout the season.
The state of Arizona was represented by ARIZONA's junior third baseman and starting pitcher, Bobby Dalbec, as well as ARIZONA STATE junior shortstop Colby Woodmansee. Dalbec was a 2015 Baseball America second team All-American, who led the Pac-12 in home runs in 2015 with 15 on the season. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree and was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team as well. Woodmansee registered 24 multi-hit games during the 2015 season and earned first-team All-Pac-12 accolades.
OREGON STATE sophomore first baseman KJ Harrison and OREGON sophomore starting pitcher Matt Krook are two of the 50 athletes on the list. Harrison was named the 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was named a Baseball America Freshman All-American. Krook, a 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, returns to the Ducks' rotation after missing the 2015 season due to injury. were second-team honorees.
Also named to the list was CALIFORNIA junior starting pitcher Daulton Jefferies, a 2015 first-team All-Pac-12 honoree and a 2016 preseason All-American by multiple publications. Representing the Bay Area on the watch list with Jefferies was STANFORD junior starting pitcher Cal Quantrill. Quantrill had his 2015 season cut short due to injury, but he recorded a 2-0 record with 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched.
With 28 College World Series National Titles including four of the last ten, the Pac-12 looks to continue its dominance in the ranks of collegiate baseball in 2016. Pac-12 Baseball has enjoyed unprecedented exposure thanks to the Pac-12 Network which will air 101 games in 2016. Above all, the Pac-12 Network has provided the opportunity to showcase the exceptional talent Pac-12 Baseball has to offer and allowed the student-athletes to get the national and widespread exposure and attention they deserve.
To view the complete 2016 Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, visit here.